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Patrick Light

Born: 03/29/1991 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 195
Mechanics
High three-quarters slot; plus-plus arm speed; full extension; stretch delivery only; stands tall and slightly closed; hands at waist and hands break low at waist; upbeat, but fairly low effort delivery; repeats well; front shoulder tilt and deceptive front side with high glove hand; very tall and athletic frame; XXL; great downward plane.
Evaluator Al Skorupa
Report Date 06/15/2015
Affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox (AA, Red Sox)
Dates Seen 05-15-2015 ; 06-11-2015
OFP/Risk 60/Low
Realistic 60; Closer
MLB ETA Mid 2015
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 65 70 94-98 98 Heavy, sinking action and some tail; more arm-side run when thrown high; misses bats up and down; throws with lots of natural downward plane and very difficult to elevate; double-plus movement; future average command; throws low to both sides of the plate; pounds bottom of the strike zone; can also elevate and generate swings and misses while climbing the ladder.
Splitter 70 70 86-88 Outstanding life and movement; spikes downward as it reaches the plate; appears to fall off a cliff; same arm speed and look as fastball; starts off throwing at bottom of zone; induces ugly swings and misses; very effective chase; major-league strikeout pitch.
Overall

60; Closer. Light is a huge power reliever with two future 70 pitches. He misses bats up and down in the zone. His height and the plane of his fastball keeps the ball on the ground and in the park. With double-plus stuff and average command, Light profiles as a relief ace who can handle the ninth inning for a playoff team.


Arturo Reyes

Born: 04/06/1992 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 185
Mechanics
Build: Strong, compact, athletic build; strong lower half; long arms for under 6-foot-0; has good mobility/flexibility; all-around athlete movements.

Mechanics: Fluid, repetitive, compact mechanics; starts with hands right above belt never going above shoulders; leg kick to top (knee above belt); hand separation and leg drive to home consistent with every pitch; drives off backside well maintaining contact with rubber; linear drive to target; glove thumb turned down with palm to target, elbow and shoulder in line; lands softly with slight shoulder tilt back maintaining backside strength; strong hip rotation bringing torso around; arm stays hidden behind body until release; short, quick, high three-quarters arm slot with consistent release point and extension; follows through maintaining head on target in very controlled manner; overall, very sound mechanically as well as deceptive.

Evaluator Colin Young
Report Date 06/20/2015
Affiliate Springfield Cardinals (AA, Cardinals)
Dates Seen 5/28/15
OFP/Risk 55/Moderate
Realistic No. 3/4 Starter
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 60 89-92 94 Reyes' fastball command is his greatest asset; he works off the fastball being able to command around the strike zone; while not flashy with the velo, his deceptiveness has the quality of making it look faster than it is; hitters seemingly late picking up fastball; with the command, deceptiveness, and possibility of getting stronger, I see a possible 60 with the fastball.
Slider 45 50 83-84 84 Nice tight slider with command on and off the plate; has the ability to sweep it or get sharp bite as needed; while not your fall of the table slider, definitely one that gets the job done; throws it to the back foot of lefties well and can create depth and angle to righties.
Changeup 45 50 82-84 84 Maintains same fastball arm speed with changeup; an 8-10 mph difference off fastball creating the effect; not too much movement, minimal drop and bite at the end, but effective with his deceptive mechanics and arm action; able to throw early or late in counts and seems to be a confident pitch for him.
Overall

The Cardinals have found a diamond in the rough with this 40th-round pick. Reyes looks as polished as a 10-year vet while on the mound. He maintains great composure with runners on and can make the pitches to get out of jams. His tempo and rhythm mechanically are fantastic and as of right now I don't see anything that gives me any worry about future mechanical/physical breakdowns. He has the mental capacity to carry his tools to the next level. He has a game plan and executes it very nicely working off the fastball and adjusting to the hitters well. The only worrisome aspect is his size at this point, but he overcomes that with deceptiveness and an overall great mental approach to the game. Reyes has a track record of consistency, and with logging more innings I only see that remaining the same.


Luke Weaver

Born: 08/21/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 170
Mechanics
Thin frame, but not overly long or tall; needs to add weight to lower half but hasn't filled out much since high school; above-average athleticism allows him to repeat well; plus arm speed, lands softly, clean, loose arm action; gathers well at top of leg lift; easy velocity; good, strong drive off back leg.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 06/23/2015
Affiliate Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A, Cardinals)
Dates Seen 06/15/15
OFP/Risk 60/Low
Realistic 55, No. 3/4 starter
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 65 92-94 95 Velocity: 60/60
Movement: 55/55
Command: 50/60

Plus command for level, would be major-league average right now; moderate arm-side run, not enough to miss bats but enough to induce ground balls; repeats arm slot well; willing to pitch inside, attacks hitters.

Curveball 40 45 75-78 78 Velocity: 50/50
Movement: 40/50
Command: 50/50

12-6 action, sharp downward movement; added and subtracted speeds, 75-76 range had bigger break but not as sharp, pitch operated better when thrown 77-78, break not as big but sharper; must operate down in zone; not likely an effective pitch against left-handed hitters.

Changeup 55 60 83-84 Velocity: 50/50
Movement: 50/60
Command: 60/60

Commands the pitch well; similar moderate arm-side run to fastball, adding to deception; strong velocity differential from fastball; lacks vertical break but keeps in same pitch plane with fastball; replicates arm speed extremely well; difficult to identify; showed a willingness to throw to hitters of either handedness.

Overall

Weaver is quite polished for a player in High-A ball, as is to be expected from a former first-rounder out of a major college program. He doesn't have an ideal starter's frame that appears to be built to eat innings, but his velocity comes out easy and his mechanics are sound enough to prevent any concern. The fastball/change-up combination will be his calling card, and the pitches look identical with similar arm action, release point, and movement. The curveball is currently inconsistent, but it could become a third average pitch, especially against right-handed hitters.

With a three-pitch arsenal, including two that could be plus pitches, Weaver should be able to remain a starter. There are some durability concerns just because of the slender frame, but nothing in his mechanics suggest that it will be an issue. Weaver is polished and poised to move quickly.


Wei-Chieh Huang

Born: 09/26/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 170
Mechanics
Immature frame; shoulders indicate upper body can handle some good weight; narrow hips; some room for projection; step-back delivery with a pause; above-average arm speed; high three-quarters arm action; moderate stab; crossfire; drop-and-drive delivery; clean foot strike; low-effort delivery; up-tempo worker; delivery times in the 1.1-1.15 range.
Evaluator Mauricio Rubio Jr.
Report Date 06/23/2015
Affiliate Kane County Cougars (Low-A, Diamondbacks)
Dates Seen 06/18/2015
OFP/Risk 55/Moderate
Realistic 45, No. 5 Starter, Swingman
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 60 89-92 55/60 Command
40/50 Movement

Maintained velocity deep into the eighth inning; mild arm-side run; plus command, can throw the pitch to all quadrants of the zone.

Curveball 40 50 72-75 45/55 Command
40/50 Movement

Soft, loopy 11-5 movement; below-average deception; replicated arm speed; pitch has a hump coming out of the hand; average command, displayed an ability to hit the lower quadrant of the zone.

Changeup 55 60 81-83 55/60 Command
50/60 Movement

Plus deception, replicates fastball arm speed; flashed plus movement with fade and tumble; used it against right-handed and left-handed hitters; advanced feel for the offering.

Overall

Signed in July of 2014 for an undisclosed amount as an international free agent.

Note: Threw two sliders in the 82-83 mph range. 10-4 movement, flashed solid-average movement and deception.

The underpinning of Huang's profile is the command which allows all of his pitches to play up. Huang showed an ability to throw all of his pitches for quality strikes or as chase offerings as the situation dictated. The pitchability was on display in a big way for the Taiwanese pitcher. He was able to change speeds, elevate the fastball effectively, and vary his pitch mix throughout his start. Huang is a polished pitcher with not much left to prove at the Low-A level. The only question is how well the body will develop. There's room for some projection, but he's always going to be seen as a bit undersized.


Ketel Marte

Born: 10/12/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 165
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: 2B
Physical/Health
Skinny frame, room to add weight without sacrificing speed; nimble and athletic body; should add a few pounds at maturation; currently has a broken left thumb.
Evaluator Brendan Gawlowski
Report Date 06/22/2015
Dates Seen 5/1-5/3; 5/29-5/31
Affiliate Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, Mariners)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2015 Low 55 50; Second-Division Starter Yes
Makeup

Hard worker who loves to play; good teammate; passionate; understands his limitations as a player.

Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Impressive bat-to-ball skills; natural feel for the barrel from both sides of the plate; short, compact swing tailored for line drives; hits lefties better than righties; shortens swing for elite velocity; smooth trigger, simple load; good feel for the strike zone; starts with elevated elbows, drops hands as part of a timing mechanism; prone to pulling head; likes to swing early in counts; often shows immature approach; will not walk much; likely will not have a pronounced platoon split at the highest level.
Power 35 Short swing limits power potential; could hit five-plus homers per season as he adds weight, although current frame and approach are more conducive to contact than power; speed will allow him to stretch singles into doubles, doubles into triples.
Baserunning/Speed 60 4.16-4.25 home to first as a righty, 4.09-4.12 as a lefty; rounds bases efficiently; still developing instincts as a base stealer—saw him take off too early when trying to time a pitcher.
Glove 55 Quick-twitch athlete; breaks well to right and left; comfortable charging the ball; average range for a shortstop; choppy footwork when fielding balls laterally, particularly to his right; fundamentally sound approach to fielding a ground ball at him; quick release on double plays; skills fit better at second than short, where he'll be able to set his feet and have more time to throw.
Arm 45 Arm is below average for a shortstop; throws from the six-hole loop to first base; accurate when he gets his feet set; arm will play at second base.
Overall

Marte's speed, line-drive stroke, and ability to hit quality pitching from both sides of the plate gives him the chance to exceed hit tool expectations and carve out a career as an above-average infielder. His lack of power, tendency to swing at the first strike he sees, and weak throwing arm lead me to believe that he'll fall short of that projection, however. He's just about ready for the major leagues—had he not broken his thumb at the end of May, he could have conceivably been called up as early as June—and he has the right skills to transition smoothly to the highest level. Ultimately though, he's a tweener in the middle infield and will likely be most useful as a utility player who can cover multiple positions for extended periods of time if the need arises.


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Muboshgu
6/25
Great timing on the Huang report. The ASFG rosters just came out, and there's always a few names that make me say: "who?"